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Darden College of Education & Professional StudiesFaculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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Supporting the Recruitment, Retention and Development of Diverse Faculty


About the Committee

In 2012 ODU appointed six Faculty Diversity Leaders, one from each college, to

  • work closely with the Dean to ensure accountability measures that serve the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse faculty;
  • work closely with the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity to ensure that faculty are treated equitably and fairly;
  • and work collaboratively to develop training workshops for faculty colleagues that reflect evidence-based practices in all three areas of recruitment, retention, and success.

Each Faculty Diversity Leader is charged with enlisting one faculty member from each department within their college to form a committee and work on the above goals. In the College of Education & Professional Studies, the committee is called the Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee and has been voted in as a standing committee of faculty governance.



  • Ne'Shaun Borden (Ad Hoc Member), Doctoral Student, CHS
  • Dooyoung Choi, STEM Education and Professional Studies
  • Jennifer Kidd, Teaching and Learning
  • Kimberly Murphy, Communication Disorders and Special Education
  • Naeem Shaikh, Counseling and Human Services
  • Rachel White, Educational Foundations and Leadership
  • Yilun Zhou, Human Movement Sciences

Part 1. Areas of Responsibility

  1. Be Sensitive to and Look for Opportunities to Support Diverse Faculty
  2. Attract Diverse Faculty
  1. Maintain, update, and promote usage of the Search Committee Handbook
  2. Ensure that the Dean's office makes the Search Committee Handbook available and distributed to all faculty search committees
    1. Retain Diverse (and all) Faculty
  3. Ensure Faculty Information Summary includes mentoring as an "option" of part of what a tenured faculty can obtain "credit" for during the yearly evaluation.
  4. Organize one fall and one spring academically oriented social events per year focused upon the needs of faculty, such as mentoring, the tenure process, research ideas, grant writing, projects, teaching, and other relevant topics.
  5. Ensure Dean's office provides formal meeting on the tenure process for non-tenured faculty and a for faculty interested in being promoted to full professor
  6. Promote faculty use of money from the Dean's office to support mentoring activities. Typically, such money should be used for such things like small meetings, luncheons between mentors and mentees, purchasing of software for research, and the like.
  7. Maintain Search Committee Handbook and provide support, as needed, to search committee chairs pertaining to diversity and issues of equity.
  8. Ensure that faculty are aware of their department's mentoring process.
  9. Other activities as needed.

Part 2. Representation—representation shall consist of one elected faculty member from each department

John R. Broderick Diversity Champion Award

We are extremely proud of our Darden College of Education & Professional Studies faculty members who have won the John R. Broderick Diversity Champion Award.

Past recipients include:

  • Gulsah Kemer, Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • Linda Dunleavy, Master Lecturer of Communication Disorders and Special Education
  • Petros Katsioloudis, Professor of STEM Education and Professional Studies
  • Shelly Beaver, Lecturer in Human Movement Sciences
  • Judith Dunkerly-Bean, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning
  • Chris Glass, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership
  • Edward Gomez, Human Movement Sciences
  • Abha Gupta, Professor of Teaching and Learning
  • Danica Hays, Counseling and Human Services
  • Justin Haegele, Assistant Professor of Human Movement Sciences
  • Kaprea Hoquee, Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Services
  • Sharon Judge, Professor of Communication Disorders and Special Education
  • Betsy Kennedy, Master Lecturer in Human Movement Sciences
  • Jennifer Kidd, Senior Lecturer of Teaching and Learning
  • Nicole Kirk, doctoral student in the Health and Sport Pedagogy Program
  • Lea Lee, Professor of Teaching and Learning
  • Jason Lynch, doctoral student in Higher Education
  • Garrett McAuliffe, Professor of Counseling
  • Sueanne McKinney, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning
  • Jeffry Moe, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services
  • Edward Neukrug, Professor of Counseling and Human Services
  • Kelly Rippard, Lecturer in Teaching and Learning
  • Narketta Sparkman-Key, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Sservices
  • Shuntay Tarver, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Services
  • Janice Underwood, Lecturer in Communication Disorders and Special Education
  • Silvana Watson, Professor of Communication Disorders and Special Education


Professional Development

Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

The College of Education will provide a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate for any faculty member that attends four approved faculty diversity and inclusion events within 2 years. The events must equal 10 or more hours and no one activity can count for more than 7 hours. Speak to your department Faculty Diversity and Inclusion committee member for more information.


Conferences

Southern Regional Education Board Institute for Teaching and Mentoring

ODU regularly sends faculty to the Institute for Teaching and Mentoring, which focuses on providing minority scholars from a variety of disciplines, with the support and skills they need as they enter the professoriate. This is one of the many ways we try to recruit diverse faculty.


Questions or Ideas for the Committee?

Contact our committee chair Rachel White, at rswhite@odu.edu.